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Germany to push for travel ban to stop virus variants

Germany is planning a near-total ban on travellers from Britain, Portugal, Brazil, and South Africa as European governments increasingly move to bar entry from countries where more contagious Covid-19 variants are rampant, The Guardian writes. Berlin's initiative comes as EU interior ministers met to discuss a more coordinated approach to travel restrictions. Last week, Belgium barred all non-essential travel by land, sea, and air into and out of the country.

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Coronavirus

Worries on Europe's infection surge, after six-week drop

The World Health Organization warned of a surge in new coronavirus infections across Europe, pointing out healthcare systems should not be under pressure in some countries. Meanwhile, the European Medical Agency is reviewing Russia's Sputnik vaccine.

EU Commission cannot hold Frontex to account

MEPs probing the EU's border agency Frontex cross-examined the agency's director. They also spoke to EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson, who made it clear she had little sway over the agency.

Opinion

Orbán leaves EPP group - the beginning of a long endgame

Aside from the EPP, Hungary was also protected - at a member states' level - by key bilateral partners; and not only illiberal countries like Poland, Bulgaria or recently Slovenia - but most importantly also by Germany.

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